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Blog posts from May 2009

Plugging in with Kindness

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on May 27, 2009 - 9:28am

I’ve been talking a lot lately about kindness and how important it is to our profession (hopefully any service profession).  On my own blog, I waxed touchy-feely about it but I think there is a very practical benefit to kindness. The return on investment can be hard to quantify, but it’s there. Just as in other service industries, the intangibles can make or break our libraries.

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Wolfram Alpha and Libraries

Submitted by Jason Griffey on May 26, 2009 - 9:29am

After months of anticipation, a new tool emerged this past week that should be of interest to reference librarians everywhere: Wolfram¦Alpha. Read More »

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Summer of Mobile Library Services

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 20, 2009 - 9:50am

The first decade of this century is groaning under the weight of 40th anniversary remembrances of the major happenings of the Sixties.  2004 was the 40th anniversary of the Beatles invasion of America.  2007 marked the 40 year anniversary of the Summer of Love centered in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco.  This summer marks the 40-year cerebral sojourn of the reality and myths of Woodstock.

Let’s hope this decade gets remembered as more than just the Sixties Forty Years After.  In LibraryLand, 2009 seems to be shaping up to be the Summer of Mobile Library Services.   We need a catchier name, but you get the idea.  Many projects, services, conferences, and other groovy happenings related to mobile library services seem to be ramping up and rolling out this summer.  Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair – on the side opposite of your mobile phone.  Read More »

Privacy, Potential & Pitfalls: Using Ning to Create Community Part Three

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 19, 2009 - 9:37am

The past two months, I've been exploring the use of Ning by public libraries to create communities centered around reader's services. We started with a look at Lafayette Readers in Lafayette, Colorado and the online discussion forums at Lisle Library District. I was pondering the third installment when Pam Sahr, Horizon System Administrator at the Lafayette library, emailed me about Ning's changes to user logins and the implications it had for the privacy of users.

Ning's blog announced the changes to here: Read More »

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Breeding on OCLC library automation strategy

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 12, 2009 - 3:35pm

This post is extracted from an article written by Marshall Breeding in the May 2009 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Marshall Breeding writes that OCLC's announcement of its new library automation services "stands as a large milestone in the evolution of library automation."  Here is an early view of his June Smart Libraries Newsletter article. Read More »

Where the rubber meets the road...

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on May 8, 2009 - 9:03am

…applying what I learned at Computers in Libraries 2009

Have you ever cleaned papers off your desk, only to find lurking at the very bottom that list of nifty ideas from that awesome conference you attended months ago? It's easy enough to report what was seen and heard at a conference; it’s more difficult to apply that knowledge and demonstrate its application. Life and work inertia typically get in the way, even at institutions that welcome new ideas. The Computers in Libraries 2009 conference was a month ago. Have I applied what I learned there? The answer, not surprisingly, is “yes and no.” Here is a brief summary of the takeaways from my favorite session at this year’s CIL—and what I have (or haven’t!) done with them. Read More »

Library 2.0 Gang 05/09: Cloud Computing Libraries and OCLC

Submitted by Richard Wallis on May 7, 2009 - 3:01am

New Gang member Frances Haugen from Google, joined Marshall Breeding and myself for a discussion about one of the recent trends in computing and the Internet, Cloud Computing, and how it will influence libraries, especially in the light of recent announcements by OCLC.

To give us an introduction in to the topic, our guest this month has a background in libraries having been a colleague of mine at Talis for several years.  Dr Paul Miller can now be found at, working at the interface between the worlds of Cloud Computing and the Semantic Web, providing the insights that enable you to exploit the next wave as we approach the World Wide Database. Read More »

Paul provided us with an overview of what is meant by Cloud Computing, before the conversation moved on to the OCLC strategy to move library management services to Web scale.

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